Founding the Marvel Universe: A Tribute to Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko by Klaus Janson, Ty Templeton, Michael T. Gilbert and Blake Bell at Fan Expo Canada 2019

At their 2019 Fan Expo Q&A panel, renowned author Blake Bell (The Secret History of Marvel Comics) and an esteemed panel of comic creators including Klaus Janson (Daredevil, Defenders), Ty Templeton (Superman, Batman, Ren and Stimpy, The Simpsons) and Michael T. Gilbert (Mr. Monster, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight) discuss the legacy and impact of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko — the founders of the Marvel Universe.

Blake Bell is the writer and editor of multiple books on comic-book history and its creators, including luminaries like Steve Ditko and Bill Everett. Among his published works are “Strange & Stranger: The World Of Steve Ditko” (2008), “Fire & Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner & The Birth of Marvel Comics” (2010), “The Secret History of Marvel Comics” (2013), “I Have To Live With This Guy!” (2002), volume 4 of “The Steve Ditko Archives” (2013) and volume 3 of “The Bill Everett Archives” (2013).

Klaus Janson (born January 23rd, 1952) is a German-born American comics artist, inker, penciller and colorist best known for his work on Marvel Comics’ “Daredevil” series in the early 1980s — including illustrating numerous covers. He worked regularly for Marvel and DC Comics, and sporadically for independent companies. Janson first became known as the inker of Sal Buscema’s pencils on “Defenders” and later inked for Frank Miller.

Tyrone Templeton (born May 9th, 1962) is a Canadian comic book artist and writer who began his career in the mid 1980s with the comic series ‘Stig’s Inferno’ which ran for 8 issues through Vortex and Eclipse Comics. He went on to work on such famous titles as “Superman” and “Batman,” and TV associated comics like “Ren and Stimpy” and “The Simpsons.” In 2002, Templeton released his creator owned graphic novel “Bigg Time” at DC’s Vertigo imprint. He is also the author of the books “How to Draw Batman” and “How to Draw Superman.”

Michael Terry Gilbert (born May 7th, 1951) is an American comic book artist and writer who began his career in the mid-1970s drawing for several Star Reach and Kitchen Sink titles. He did script and artwork on Aardvark’s “Strange Brew,” “Tiny Terror Tales” and “Wraith.” He is the creator of “Mr. Monster” which has been published by Pacific Comics, Eclipse and Dark Horse since 1984. He has also worked on “Rat Hater,” “Mr. V,” “Wacky Squirrel” and Fantagraphics “Critters” and “Prime Cuts.” He has been a scriptwriter for Disney comics since 1990. He has wrote and drew “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight” which creatively reflects on sixty years of Batman adventures.

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